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Nancy J. Parisi


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Froggy’s Inn has white curtains on the front windows and a vintage wooden door with three circles cut into the wood. A neat sandwich board proclaims that the kitchen is open daily for eat-in and takeout. Taken together, they are clues that this is more than a typical neighborhood corner bar. And this is no raucous watering hole.Located at Perry and Babcock streets w…

The Foundry on Buffalo’s mixed-use Northampton Street on the East Side, is a micro-community of entrepreneurs and artists. It’s a business incubator and a place to share tools, ideas and encouragement.The Foundry also is an event and workshop space and hosts several festivals and parties throughout the year. Foundry residents includes sculptor Sarah Campbell, Nickel City C…

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Now in its third year, Buffalo Saturday Artisan Market takes place on the picturesque boardwalk at Canalside on select days twice per month during the summer and early autumn. The open-air market opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m., and is weather-dependent. Co-produced by glass artist Julie Leatherbarrow and Robin Lenhard, purveyor of her lovely handmade soaps, the mar…

Art

Polymathic Sam Magavern (lawyer, teacher, author and poet) collaborated with visual artist Monica Angle to create “Noah’s Ark,” 48 poems and 24 watercolor works on paper available in both virtual and analog versions. The book of art and poetry is published by BlazeVOX [books]. The artwork featured in the chapbook is on view in PAUSA art house (19 Wadsworth St.) – just aro…

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A stately 19th-century mansion and arts-viewing venue located on Locust Street in Lockport, the Kenan Center, is hosting its 44th annual 100 American Craftsmen, a three-day event, from May 30th through June 1. This lively festival happens all over the Kenan 25-acre campus – in the mansion, its gardens and the Kenan Arena. This renowned, juried show and sale features fine h…

Festivals

Who doesn’t love a parade? And who doesn’t especially love a gay pride parade festooned with rainbow flags, dancing marchers, and happy disco beats? Buffalo Pride Week culminates with two parades on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 – Dyke March and Pride Parade. The Dyke March, beginning at 5 p.m. on May 31, wends from Kleinhans Music Hall on Symphony Circle to North …

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With nary a cigar nor humidor on the premises, Cigar’s Bar, a classic corner joint in Buffalo’s Seneca Babcock neighborhood, is humble and smoke-free. Directly across Seneca Street from the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage, Cigar’s has been welcoming its neighbors and nearby workers since opening in 1999. In lieu of a humidor, there is a very old wooden phone booth acros…

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All things Buffa-Lovely will be happening at The Buffalo Zoo on May 30 with BuffaLoveFest, a musical and artful benefit event. All the Queen City-centric activity starts at 5:30 and goes until 9 p.m. at various stages and sites throughout the grounds. Local bands slated to perform on stages near the lions, tigers and polar bears are The Steam Donkeys, Whiskey Reverb, and …

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Once you find Cook’s Bar & Grill the first time, it just may become a regular haunt if you are a fan of homey neighborhood taverns. Located in Buffalo’s Old First Ward (an urban blend of tidy homes, small industry and natural beauty), Cook’s does not boast eye-catching signs. There are no clues (save for one small sign in a window) to indicate its woody and sprawling inte…

Food and Drink

Once you find Cook’s Bar & Grill the first time, it just may become a regular haunt if you are a fan of homey neighborhood taverns. Located in Buffalo’s Old First Ward (an urban blend of tidy homes, small industry and natural beauty), Cook’s does not boast eye-catching signs. There are no clues (save for one small sign in a window) to indicate its…

A glowing star of stages and screens of various sizes and media, Vanessa Williams played a hit-heavy, two-hour show in Seneca Niagara Casino on Saturday night. She was backed by her superb band – a big part of her sonic success as a recording and touring artist for the past 25 years. Three backup singers (including Williams’ daughter, Jillian Hervey) enriched the sound wit…

Western New Yorkers of a certain age may recall the chant “Junction West, the baddest group from east to west,” a rallying cry to get up and move – at proms and school dances where the R&B/disco ensemble played in the ’70s and early ’80s. On Friday night, the current incarnation of the band played The Tralf, turning 200 square feet of club space into one sweaty dance floor…

It was a night of music infused with the frolicking spontaneity of a jamboree, and the complex (oft dark) emotional twang of a western soundtrack. Jaunty Canadian pop quartet Barenaked Ladies, and their openers Whitehorse, played to an adoring crowd at Center for the Arts at University at Buffalo on Wednesday night.Drummer Tyler Stewart trotted out from the wings to the fr…

Without a traditional accolades-strewn introduction, essayist and humorist David Sedaris hit the stage of the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on Wednesday night holding armloads of his work. He wore tortoise shell glasses, a dress shirt and necktie, and a huge grin. In his shirt pocket several pencils were visible: He would put these to good work during his 90-mi…

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Where poetry, post-punk rock stylings and telegenic charisma collide, rock singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder may be found. If he’s off-stage, he’ll be, quite possibly, leading the charge for a charitable cause. If he’s on stage he’ll most likely be playing guitar, or swinging a mic stand, swigging from a bottle of red wine, and rollicking through an extended set of Pearl J…